This week, Alok Sharma, the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, will chair the first meetings of new ‘recovery roundtables’, bringing together businesses, business representative groups and leading academics. The roundtables will consider measures to support economic recovery and ensure we have the right skills and opportunities in place for our workforce over the next 18 months.
They will also explore key domestic and global challenges to support a green and resilient recovery and ensure the United Kingdom is at the forefront of new and emerging industries.
Focused on 5 key themes, each group will explore how business can work with government to deliver economic growth and jobs:
The future of industry: How to accelerate business innovation and leverage private sector investment in research and development
Green recovery: How to capture economic growth opportunities from the shift to net zero carbon emissions
Backing new businesses: How to make the UK the best place in the world to start and scale a business
Increasing opportunity: How to level up economic performance across the UK, including through skills and apprenticeships
The UK open for business: How to win and retain more high value investment for the UK
This initiative builds on the close engagement between the UK’s business community, the Business Department and across Whitehall as we have responded to the pandemic.